I’m a big fan of polenta. It’s easy, creamy, cheesy and perfect as a side or as part of a main dish. It’s vegetarian and gluten-free, making it a dish that everyone can enjoy!
I’ve made vegetarian recipes with polenta, such as this Tomato Kale Polenta Skillet (an all time favorite vegetarian recipe on the blog!), I’ve also served polenta with Beef Ragu and Italian Short Ribs.
No matter what I add to it, this creamy polenta always makes a great base for a delicious recipe!
- 2 tbsp butter
- 3 cups milk
- 4 cups half & half
- 2 cups polenta
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- ½ cup parmesan cheese
- ½ cup mascarpone cheese
Add the butter to a large pot on the stove top over medium high heat. When the butter begins to melt, add the milk, half & half, polenta and salt to the pot. Stir continuously, 10-15 minutes, until the polenta becomes thick and creamy.
Add the cheeses and continue stirring until the cheese has melted into the polenta.
Remove from the heat and serve immediately or add to your favorite dish.
Here are a couple of other ways I’ve incorporated this Cheesy Creamy Polenta into recipes on the blog, try this Italian Polenta Turkey Casserole for a healthier dish with tons of flavor, or try these Mini Polenta Pizzas with Roasted Tomatoes and Bacon for a delicious gluten-free pizza alternative!
What are your favorite polenta dishes? Comment below and let me know! I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate this cheesy deliciousness into my life! 😉
♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.
♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.